“THE LAST STAND” Movie Review. Tactical POWER PLAY in this TERSE, DENSE Actioner.
“THE LAST STAND” PRESS PREVIEW
With the current onstream avalanche of action offerings dressed in the splendor of the 3D stereoscopy, it is a welcome respite to appraise something as simple as “old school”.
Such is ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER ‘s newest flick “THE LAST STAND”.
This spectacular vintage action star is back again to prove that he is in absolute top form, none the worse for wear and tear.
Hear him roar as he slams his opponents: fist-fights, gun fire, car chases, explosives, one follows another, with dedicated ferocious glee.
For sure, this ageing grand dad can still command a fight movie any time.
If you go with a free mind, you might well leave the cinema assailed with a twinge of nostalgia, because this is one hell of a rollercoaster ride.
Like JACKY CHAN, he is looking a teeny old and crinkly and you would not expect him to be prancing about like a devil-may-care hero in this movie.
But he did. With delicious aplomb.
ARNOLD is absolute tops in THE LAST STAND, a role that is crafted specially for him and loyalist fans.
What’s more, ace Korean director KIM JEE-WOON is at the helm to create a non-Hollywood treatment.
The DOP is Korean too. Well, a nice change of talent transcending borders.
It’s been a decade since ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER toplined a movie.
Fast forward, and you see ARNOLD as the sheriff of a sleepy border town who becomes the last line of defense when a notorious cartel leader and his heavily-armed henchmen attempt to escape into Mexico.
From then, it is pure action, power play between the good cops and the bad guys spiced with dry, dark humor.
“THE LAST STAND” offers almost 1 hour-and-47 minutes of aesthetic escapism.
It is a mind blowing ride with a competent ensemble cast.
Never mind what the armchair critics are trying to cajole you to believe in.
It is a decision of the heart.
For the baby boomers and die-hard fans of ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, rally around folks.
This one can do no wrong.
In summary, it is another of ARNOLD’s standout film: rich, absorbing, the right locale and the right subject undertaken by KIM JEE-WOON.